MVUMA - The Midlands Provincial Public Prosecutor has written to the Police and asked for fresh investigations into cases including criminal abuse of office being levelled against Chief Chirumanzu (Gerald Mudzengi).
Prosecutor Samuel Pedzisayi wrote a letter dated February 24, 2017 to the Midlands Assistant Commissioner Mutabeni (responsible for crime) and copied to the complainants asking for fresh investigations into charges of criminal abuse of office and adjudication of cases without authority being levelled against the chief.
The letter followed an earlier notice in which the Prosecutor declined to charge Mudzengi on cases of stock theft.
However, after queries by the complainants on why Pedzisayi had dropped charges against Mudzengi, the prosecutor noted that the charge sheet he received from the Police had only one charge of stock theft. The other two charges of criminal abuse of office and adjudication without authority were not brought to his office.
Mudzengi almost walked scot free two weeks ago when the Prosecutor declined to prosecute him on stock theft charges. His cases followed complaints by various resettled farmers to the Police at Mvuma.
One of the complainants Christopher Magwaza who is a war veteran and a resettled farmer in Mvuma said that the cases against Mudzengi have been running for several years and he accused the Police for being biased in favour of the chief. He also accused a powerful politician of shielding Mudzengi from the law.
Although Magwaza was initially angry with the prosecutor for dropping charges against Mudzengi, he told The Mirror on Tuesday that he has realised that the whole problem was with Mvuma Police. He accused Police in Mvuma of keeping away certain information from the Prosecutor.
He said that he and other complainants wrote a letter to the Prosecutor to find out why charges were dropped against the chief. He said the group was then accorded a meeting where it was then noted that Police was not giving the Prosecutor full information.
"Please find attached letter of complaint from Ellen Tadiwa and three others. The contents thereof are self explanatory as indicated in the letter. Only dockets pertaining to stock theft allegations were forwarded to this office. Can you therefore institute investigations pertaining to the other two charges complained vis a vis
(a) Adjudication without authority as found in the Traditional Leaders Act as read with the Customary Law and Local Courts Act
(b) Criminal abuse of office
"After thorough investigations can you favour us with a docket of cases," read the letter by Pedzisayi to the Assistant Police Commissioner.
The complainants in the cases are Ellen Tadiwa, Violet Bare, Giftha Pasipamire and Rugare Mushanduri who allege that they lost cattle to the chief for working during Chisi (traditional sacred day). They further allege that the cattle and goats were impounded without them being accorded a trial and that they are in any case not under the jurisdiction of Chief Chirumanzu.